Writer Julia Hart and director Daniel Barber develop the women's relationships at a careful, steady pace, giving them time to bond; this is essential since they must learn to trust and respect each other to survive.
Laura Power, Chicago Reader, 2015-12-10
Dark, brooding and brutal, "The Keeping Room" features finely carved performances in a Civil War period piece that might as well be post-apocalyptic.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2015-11-06
While the gender-based farmhouse siege is suspenseful and bloody, director Daniel Barber weighs in too heavily with extended silences that slow down the goings-on of a film that has darkly lit tension, lovely scenery and fiercely presented ideas ...
Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail, 2015-10-30
The landscape is appropriately lush, the brutality is deftly rendered, and if the action is minimal, that may be because it isn't quite the point.
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2015-10-29
The scattershot story doesn't fully serve this stellar cast, as the drama often flags. But when it connects, the tension is almost unbearable.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2015-10-29
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-10-01
The Keeping Room is yet another powerful, post-apocalyptic survivalist drama about man's inhumanity to man -- in this case, woman. The difference is that it's set in the past and is more or less historically accurate.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2015-09-28
The film's frustrating, fascinating, at times too eager to shock. But it's also daring and eccentric.
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2015-09-22
Daniel Barber's beautifully shot and authentically set story is somewhat disjointed, but good acting and the women's bond nearly make up for that.
Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-04-09
Despite its sparseness and haunting photography, the film proves to be little more than a home-invasion thriller low on thrills.
Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic, 2015-10-15
Whatever its intentions, "The Keeping Room" does little more than preserve the illusion of a martyred, righteous Confederacy.
Peter Keough, Boston Globe, 2015-10-01
"The Keeping Room" amounts to a series of similar verses of the same song, repeating its themes until the drama veers from horror to tedium. Unwavering pessimism is an inadequate substitute for nuance or complexity.
Alan Zilberman, Washington Post, 2015-10-01
Watching just becomes a matter of waiting for the pain to stop. But if you're in the mood for this kind of entertainment, "The Keeping Room" is a cut above the usual.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-09-30
I'm positive there's an audience for an Old West tale about fierce, independent women. I'm equally positive it can be done better.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-09-25
The ravages of the Civil War shouldn't require much jazzing up for the movies, but the British director Daniel Barber labors to impress with his Southern period thriller "The Keeping Room."
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2015-09-25
An intriguing premise never finds a dramatic pulse in "The Keeping Room," a self-consciously artsy depiction of female grit during the final days of the Civil War.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2015-09-24
Another lurid exploitation film classed up with moody lighting and character monologues, with none of the authentic regional flavor or amateur energy that gave real grindhouse flicks their tang.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, 2015-09-24
A handsomely mounted but frustratingly mannered period drama that, in addition to its many other problems, ends just when things appear to be getting really interesting.
Joe Leydon, Variety, 2014-09-10
What might have looked intriguing on paper appears to have been largely pared away in the artsy mannerisms and loaded silences of Brit director Daniel Barber's self-consciously elliptical treatment.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 2014-09-09